Written language tasks present many challenges for our dyslexic students. Our students begin in kindergarten to represent their words, thoughts, and ideas in written form. Instruction progresses as students expand their language skills. Together, our teachers and speech/language pathologists focus on developing two instructional streams:
- Using written language as a vehicle for creative thought students learn how to write narratives, haiku, and simple poems.
- Using written language as a vehicle for sharing knowledge students learn to write book reports, factual reports, and short essays.
Our emerging authors and reporters learn how to approach written language tasks in a methodical, deliberate manner. This thoughtful planning prompts the development of the executive functioning skills critical to advanced academic achievement. Student writing is displayed throughout the hallways of the Wardlaw School.
Our written language program includes direct instruction in the following:
- English grammar
- Variety and complexity of sentence structure
- Use of content-rich vocabulary
- Developing cohesive paragraphs
- Paraphrasing material
- Proofreading for spelling, punctuation, grammar
- Proofreading for the sequence of ideas
- Older students use assistive technologies including the speech to print options and Read Write software